Town Hall
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Cottingley Town Hall - Rededication - 30th Sept 1978

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By 1852 the Sunday school was indeed flourishing and a need for further education was felt and to this end a Mechanics Institute was formed, meetings to be held on the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings of each week, both men and women being admitted. (No Sex Discrimination Act required either).

By 1859 it was found, in view of the flourising activities that the origiinal premises even with the extension was not able to cope with the demands made upon it, and it was resolved to seek alternative accomodation. However even the combined resources of the three committees were insufficient to purchase land and build new premises. Despite the strain on the premises the people of Cottingley reamined united did not split into smaller denominational communities unlike many other villages of that period.

After requests from members of the committee, in 1863, Joseph Hollings donated the schoolroom and surrounding waste ground and William Busfeild Ferrand of Harden donated the waste land called Town Hill, the site of the present Town Hall., and in 1864, the building was erected, the stone being carted to the site by members of the committee, where it was worked by masons. The foundation stone was laid on Boxing Day 1863 the work being completed and the opening taking place on 21st March 1865. At that opening it was explained that the intention was to carry on the work which had been commenced in the old schoolroom, and J. Hollings and W. B. Ferrand were thanked for their generosity in making all the inhabitants of Cottingley freeholders in that the new hall was to belong to the people of Cottingley for ever.

The preaching meetings which were started in the sunday school were continued in the new premises until, in 1870, it was decided that these be formed into 'Cottingley Christian Church' which has been continuous since that time.

The Day School, now of course taken over by the government, continued until the 1930's when, as a result of a greatly increased population, it moved to its present premises on School Street.

It is impossible in the space available to mention all the users of the Town Hall and the societies who have owed their existence to the Hall, amongst whom are a Working Men's Club, Cottingley Choral Society, a Young Men's Institute, Library, Reading Room, Bank, Temperance Society, Youth Club and Scout Troop, to name but a few. At present the premises are used reqularly by the Wlefare, Youth Club, Women's Guild and Dog training classes.

Although over the period of the last 30-40 years the population of Cottingley has increased tremendously, sadly that of the Cottingley Christian Church has not. However, the Trustees are endeavouring, as evidenced by the recent redecorations, to adhere to the original principles and intentions of the founders in maintaining to the best of their ability, the buildings provided by those founders for the use and benefit of the future generations of Cottingley inhabitants.